Bob Bradley firing: The view from Norway

Bob Bradley remains highly regarded in Norway, where he took tiny Stabaek and turned it into a Europa League team only two years after it gained promotion. Stabaek sports director Inge Andre Olsen is pushing for the Norwegian federation to appoint him as its new men's national team coach to replace Per-Mathias Hogmo, who resigned in November.

Olsen said Norwegian officials should skip their holiday feasts and get to work on hiring Bradley.

"Those who govern the Norway football association should throw all their ribs, lamb ribs and lutefisk aside,"Olsen told VG. "They should get in touch with Bob's agent as soon as possible. It is the best man Norway can get. If they want the number, then just call me."

Olsen said it was a pity Bradley could not keep his job until the January transfer window opened, but Norway couldn't find a better candidate than Bradley.

"I have not seen anyone who is close to being so good at getting the best out of players," added Olsen.

Norway has only three points -- thanks to a 4-1 win over San Marino -- in four games in World Cup 2018 qualifying, so it is not exactly a plum position.

VG reported that Stale Solbakken is Norway's first choice to replace Hogmo, who resigned in November, but it is unclear if the FC Copenhagen coach is interested in the job.
2 comments about "Bob Bradley firing: The view from Norway".
  1. Rob Downing, December 28, 2016 at 4:34 a.m.

    Stabæk may have reached the qualifying stage of the Europa Cup but they lost to Connah's Quay Nomads of the Welsh League. Semi- professional and, if they were in the English Pyrqmid system would come in about 11 divisions below the premier league.
    Had Bob stayed on for a few weeks to lead that side it may have been different, but it was essentially little changed from the team he left.
    Sorry Stabæk but scraping qualification to Europe for the Norwegian league is not preparation for Premier League.

  2. Andrew Kear, December 28, 2016 at 7:57 p.m.

    If they fired a Klinsmann after 85 days maybe the USMNT would not be in crisis mode now!

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